Kodak’s EasyShare Max Z990 has some promising specs; 12 MP CMOS sensor, Schneider Kreuznach 3Dx optical zoom, manual control and 3-inch display. The well-constructed body of the EasyShare has been designed to look like a DSLR. Done in traditional black, it is big though not bulky. Most of the controls including zoom, modes, video capture, etc. are placed on the right top panel and rear panel, making it really easy to operate. The only control placed on the left is the button to switch between the electronic viewfinder and the LCD.
The camera provided plenty of options to play around. Along with the auto mode, a casual shooter can select from the lot of regular scene modes. There is also an option of creative clicking, with night photography for moving objects, sports and portrait. Manual setting is available.
This EasyShare produced some good images with rich colours. The noise levels were low, and the image sta¬biliser too did the job well. The only trouble we felt with this camera was the slow operation speed. As the camera uses four AA batteries to operate, a set of four rechargeable batteries and a charger are a part of the sales box.
Verdict: Good, but consider the options in the market.